Preliminary showdown in darjeeling

Preliminary showdown in Darjeeling

The bazaar of Darjeeling remained busy. Photo: Gilbert Kolonko

In Darjeeling, India, it is becoming clear that even stubborn supporters of independence can understand that dialogue is the better way forward

The Chowrastar Square in Darjeeling is still dormant. As if the residents could not really believe that the 104-day strike has already ended 14 days ago. Even the tourists have not noticed yet. What no one on the square suspects: At the same time, 1700 meters below, a police unit of the West Bengal Police is coming through the forest around the village of Longkkashor Busty on the Chhota Rangit River – the hiding place of Morcha leader Bimal Gurung.

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Trump: “our military will soon be more powerful than ever before”

Trump:'unser militar wird bald machtiger als jemals zuvor sein'

Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly. Image: Female House

Trump celebrates his nationalist policies before the UN General Assembly amid laughter, but they show their paradoxes when it comes to the military

U.S. President Donald Trump must have been pained when, in his speech to the UN General Assembly, he was met with laughter at the very beginning of his "auberordinary" tried to praise the successes of his administration. Surprised, he said he had not expected this reaction: "But that’s okay". And he then went on to celebrate the accomplishments he had achieved, all of them, of course, on a historic scale: the rough tax reform, the construction of the border wall, and, above all, the military buildup: "Our military will soon be more powerful than ever before. The U.S. is a stronger, safer and wealthier country since I took office two years ago."

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First comes the pizza, then comes morality

In the political arena, lobbying is taken for granted, as in the case of Hunzinger: Time to stand up for political culture once again

"There are overlaps with the CDU on ies of economic and financial policy …", said the Green budget expert Oswald Metzger already in 1998, in line with the new green economic liberal mainstream around Rezzo Schlauch, Matthias Berninger or Cem ozdemir. That there is some truth in this can be seen at the moment in the affair about the political lobbyist Moritz Hunzinger. And also that there are these overlaps with practically all parties.

At the beginning the excitement was rough. Even rough enough for the removal of a federal minister. But it was only enough because Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping had already put his foot in his mouth several times before. That’s how politics works today. A few times a bad image and the chancellor media minus points provided, already one is away from the window. What really happened is no longer so important. Scharping had accepted money from the political lobbyist Moritz Hunzinger, and not in a completely clean way. That is, actually, at the time of his departure, it had not yet been properly clarified. Anyway, the chancellor had a few clues, and he was in a bad mood and didn’t really like Scharping anymore.

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“The roughest backdoor bailout ever for wall street”

Headquarters of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. Image: AgnosticPreachersKid/CC-BY-SA-3.0

An operative apologizes because the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying programs exclusively help Wall Street

It was a sensational apology that Andrew Huszar published last Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. He served as a Federal Reserve official from 2010 to 2011 for the execution of a core piece of the Fed’s first bond-buying experiment ("Quantitative Easing"), which is known as quantitative easing ("QE") is well known: "All I can say is, I’m sorry, America!"

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Who owns the moon?

Who owns the moon?

Image: NASA

Laws try to regulate claims in space – but what right man actually has is another question

For the first time since the ara of the Apollo flights in the 1960s, the conquest of space is again occupying the zeitgeist. Scientific foundations and imaginative fictions are presented by the media in a colorful mixture. The focus is less on the noble spirit of exploration than on the pursuit of profit. Private companies want to invest in asteroid mining, and individual groups are looking for ways to make money colonizing Mars. Space has never seemed so accessible or so promising as it does today.

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Klosterschuler streibl laughed export bomb bavaria into the emu

monastery schoolmaster streibl laughed export bomb bavaria into the eeu

Max Streibl at the CSU party conference in Munich (1989). Picture: Kuhn / Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F083104-0015 / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Bavaria Saga: How to Fail at Your Own Success – Part 9

European elite exchange also in Bavaria

In his fundamental analysis of the power elites of the European empire, Michael Hartmann shows that at the time of the founding of the European Union, i.e. at the beginning of the 1990s, there was also an accelerated change in the political-bureaucratic caste in Brussels . A similar change had already taken place in the political, administrative and economic elites of the individual founding and accession countries of the EU in the years before.

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Imf “rescue” for korea

The conditions of the IMF in connection with the "Debt relief package" make the Sudanese economy ripe for takeover by foreign investors.

In late November 1997, shortly after the dramatic fall of the Korean won on the foreign exchange market, a team of IMF economists, led by Hubert Neiss, was hastily dispatched to Korea. Its Mandate: The Conditions of a "Mexican-style bailout" to negotiate with a view to "Restoration of economically sound and stable conditions".

An important precedent was set: The "Standard economic medicine" IMF (routinely imposed on Third World and Eastern European countries) was applied for the first time in a highly developed industrialized country… The details of the economic reform program, however, had been worked out in advance in consultations with the U.S. Treasury, Wall Street’s commercial and investment banks, and major banking interests in Japan and Europe.

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Syrian kurds: approaching russia

Syrian kurds: rapprochement with russia

USA-Russia: Who is faster in northeast Syria?? Screenshot of a confrontation between military vehicles. Source: Video RusVesna.Su/Twitter

The high-level meeting in Moscow annoys Turkey

The Kurds of the self-government in northeastern Syria have every reason to fear Turkey and the Islamist militias associated with them. According to the latest news, the kidnappings of Kurdish women in Afrin are piling up, as well as confirmations that the occupation of the Syrian territories seized by Turkey is reduced to a "Turkification" (see also here).

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Wage dumping on behalf of the state

Every tenth Hartz IV supplementary employee works in the public sector. Not Lidl and Co., but the state is the biggest wage printer in the country

The collective bargaining in the public service ended over the weekend without a really satisfactory result for the employees. 1.15% wage increase per year does not even compensate for inflation and is de facto a real wage cut. But many employees in the public sector were already satisfied, if they are employed at all under one of the collective agreements, which are based on the wages in the public sector.

The state is an employer with a three-class system: in the first place there are the civil servants, protected from dismissal, properly paid and with all the rights that an employee can have. In the second place, regular civil servants, who are often also employed by carriers with a private-law structure. Do they still have "Old contract", they usually also enjoy good protection against dismissal, but earnings are comparatively modest and they always face the prospect of falling into the lowest group in the pecking order of the civil service – these are the precarious employment relationships, usually only with a temporary contract, often with a temporary employment agency that prints down the wage level on behalf of the state, without any employee rights worth mentioning. Hire and fire and mini-wages in the name of the state.

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Cold plate by candlelight

Growing energy poverty in Germany

We only notice how much we depend on electricity in everyday life when it is missing. The lights go out, the TV, radio, PC, washing machine and telephone don’t work, and often the water stays cold and the stove is off. Anyone who heats with electricity or whose district heating is electrically controlled is not only sitting in the dark, but also in the cold. Der Bochumer Steffen Fleischmann* hat unfreiwillig erlebt, was es heibt, ohne Strom auskommen zu mussen. Stadtwerke Bochum cut off his electricity supply because of an unpaid claim from the year-end bill. Tobias Muller* from Bottrop has also been living without electricity since March 2007 because the energy supplier ELE disconnected him from the grid due to a backlog.

The two are not alone. In Germany, electricity and gas suppliers disconnect more than two percent of connections every year. This was the result of a survey of 23 municipal utility managers by Hanseatische Inkasso Treuhand (HIT) and the consultancy Nordsan. Extrapolated, this means that around 840.000 households per year are affected. In North Rhine-Westphalia alone, energy suppliers disconnected electricity an estimated 130,000 times in 2007.000 times the electricity was disconnected.

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